Automotive

  • November 6, 2017

    Insurers Won't Indemnify Truck Dealer In Mesothelioma Suit

    Ohio-based Central Mutual Insurance Co. and parent All America Insurance Co. on Friday sued a truck dealer and the estate of an Illinois man, saying they shouldn't be held liable for indemnifying the dealer in a case involving the man's death from mesothelioma because it does not constitute "bodily injury."

  • November 6, 2017

    Taxi Cos.' Plan For Uber Suits Misses The Mark, Judge Finds

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Friday rejected a plan by nearly 800 Boston-area taxi companies for the prosecution of seven recently consolidated lawsuits in which they accuse Uber Technologies Inc. of competing unfairly by failing to comply with local taxi rules, saying the proposal fell short.

  • November 6, 2017

    Takata Seeks To Pause Air Bag Suits For Another 90 Days

    Takata Corp. asked the Delaware bankruptcy court Monday to extend the litigation freeze on hundreds of lawsuits over the defective air bag inflators linked to at least a dozen deaths for another 90 days past its Nov. 15 deadline, arguing that the lawsuits would pull focus from its bankruptcy exit efforts.

  • November 6, 2017

    GM Investors Sue In Del. For Emissions Compliance Records

    Citing allegations that General Motors Co. installed Volkswagen-style emissions control “defeat” devices on some diesel vehicles, GM shareholders sued in Delaware Chancery Court on Monday for access to records on corporate duty compliance and said damage claims could follow.

  • November 6, 2017

    The Law Firms Spinning The White House Turnstile

    A change in administration opens revolving doors for BigLaw, allowing some attorneys to transition to a government gig while giving others the chance to move into the private sector. Here are the firms and attorneys cycling through some prominent executive branch positions.

  • November 6, 2017

    S. Korea Hits Auto Parts Makers With $33M In Antitrust Fines

    South Korea’s competition agency said Monday it has fined three companies 37.1 billion won ($33.3 million) for allegedly restricting competition by rigging bids for fuel pumps and variable valve timing systems in automobiles.

  • November 6, 2017

    What Trump’s War On Regulations Means For Lawyers

    Corporations and their attorneys can be some of the country’s most ardent deregulation enthusiasts, but many are struggling to navigate uncertainty clouding the Trump administration’s efforts to pare down the rulebook.

  • November 6, 2017

    Has Trump Been Good For BigLaw?

    Last November’s Election Day triumph for Donald Trump seemed likely to bring about, as one consultant put it, a “legal industry on steroids.” A year on, though, the picture for law firms is decidedly mixed.

  • November 6, 2017

    Who’s Repping Whom? Law360’s Guide To The Mueller Probe

    As Robert Mueller’s investigation of the Trump campaign draws a slew of corporate attorneys to the scene, here’s a look at the legal firepower representing figures in the special counsel’s inquiry.

  • November 6, 2017

    Feds Tell 9th Circ. Seattle's Uber Union Law Can't Stand

    Federal agencies asked the Ninth Circuit on Friday to revive a challenge to Seattle's ordinance allowing drivers for Uber and Lyft to unionize, saying the law runs afoul of the so-called state action doctrine and could lead to too many antitrust exemptions.

  • November 6, 2017

    Fiat Chrysler Wants To Hit Brakes On Engine 'Sludge' Case

    Fiat Chrysler urged a New York federal court Friday to toss a putative nationwide class action that claims it concealed an alleged engine defect in its 2012-2017 Jeep Wranglers that causes radiators and oil coolers to fill with sludge-like residue, arguing the claims are “simply implausible.”

  • November 6, 2017

    Fiat Says Drivers' Attys Allowed Contamination Of Evidence

    Fiat Chrysler on Friday told an Ohio federal court to disqualify lawyers representing a proposed class of Jeep Wrangler drivers, arguing that they allowed one of their clients to compromise “highly relevant” evidence so severely that it is “basically useless.”

  • November 3, 2017

    Korean Car Parts Co., Distributor Resolve Award Dispute

    A Korean auto parts manufacturer and a distributor have resolved their dispute over a Korean arbitral award stemming from disagreements over sales proceeds for rubber and rubber-related parts, according to a Friday filing in Michigan federal court.

  • November 3, 2017

    Bondholders Rip VW Bid To Nix Fraud Suit Over Emissions

    Bondholders suing Volkswagen AG over allegedly inflated bond values prompted by the 2015 diesel emissions scandal told a California federal judge Friday that while their case is about the German automaker hiding the fraud from investors and bondholders, the embattled company is reshaping claims to try and score dismissal.

  • November 3, 2017

    AutoLeather DIP Terms And Milestones Draw Committee's Ire

    The proposed post-petition financing package of bankrupt vehicle upholstery maker GST AutoLeather Inc. drew an objection late Thursday from the committee of unsecured creditors who say the loans only serve to put the lenders in a better position to acquire the company’s assets.

  • November 3, 2017

    Waymo Can’t Use $1.86B Damages Report In Uber Trial

    A California federal judge has cut one of Waymo LLC’s nine asserted trade secrets from its suit alleging Uber Technologies Inc. stole its self-driving car technology, also excluding a Waymo expert who pegged damages at $1.86 billion from testifying in an upcoming trial.

  • November 3, 2017

    Arconic Says Rival Stole Metal Bonding Process For Car Parts

    Arconic Inc. sued a competitor in Pennsylvania federal court on Friday, claiming its rival took Arconic’s process for treating aluminum after the companies worked together to provide aluminum parts for Ford trucks, then moved to patent Arconic’s idea as its own.

  • November 3, 2017

    Honda Relocates Rat-Chewing Class Action To Calif.

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday transferred to California a putative class action against Honda over allegedly defective wiring insulation that rats like to chew, saying a judge there is already familiar with the claims after presiding over two similar cases.

  • November 3, 2017

    Uber Rider Says Hyperlink To Arbitration Terms Likely Hidden

    An Uber customer accusing the ride-hailing company of fixing prices told a New York federal court Wednesday that new evidence about default smartphone settings proves he likely didn’t see a hyperlink to terms that forced him into arbitration, urging the judge to allow further fact-finding on the issue.

  • November 3, 2017

    BMW Recalls 1M Vehicles Over Fire Risk

    BMW is issuing two recalls beginning Dec. 18 that will affect about 1 million vehicles at risk of catching fire even when not in use, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents.

Expert Analysis

  • Balancing Safety And Innovation In Automated Vehicles

    Michael Nelson

    When touting highly automated vehicles, original equipment manufacturers frequently cite the safety benefits. Michael Nelson and Trevor Satnick of Eversheds Sutherland explore how OEMs consider setting their baseline safety metrics for HAVs to determine whether the early adoption of these vehicles is truly as safe a choice as the automotive community claims.

  • Policy Action On Self-Driving Cars Is Accelerating

    Joel Beauvais

    If enacted, the “Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research in Vehicle Evolution Act,” recently passed by the House of Representatives, would set a new course for federal policy and regulatory action on autonomous vehicles — helping to open the way for large-scale development and deployment, say attorneys with Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • A Guide To The Executive Branch Official Nomination Process

    Adam Raviv

    Although the Trump administration has completed the vetting and confirmation of a cabinet and White House staff, thousands of senior positions remain unfilled throughout the executive branch. More than ever, people selected for those posts find themselves under close scrutiny, say Adam Raviv and Reginald Brown of WilmerHale.

  • Sanctions Compliance Lessons From Recent OFAC Actions

    Mike Casey

    Three recent enforcement actions by the Office of Foreign Assets Control illustrate that OFAC is increasingly bringing cases against nonfinancial institutions, taking aggressive jurisdictional and interpretative positions, and focusing its efforts on Iranian sanctions. Financial and nonfinancial institutions should therefore assess their sanctions risk, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Founders Find Leverage In Investors’ Short Memories

    Les Trachtman

    The only rationale for why the capital markets have succumbed to the trendy scheme of dual-class stock is that economist John Kenneth Galbraith was right — when it comes to financial markets, we do have short memories. History is littered with well-meaning founders and chief executives who succumbed to the seduction of wealth and power, says Les Trachtman, CEO of The Trachtman Group.

  • How Collaboration Is Changing Inside Some Law Firms

    Chris Cartrett

    In our recent survey of business of law professionals, nearly half of respondents said that who they collaborate with, inside their law firm, is different from five years ago, says Chris Cartrett of legal software provider Aderant.

  • Opinion

    Cartel Case Against German Automakers Unlikely To Succeed

    David Balto

    At first the cartel allegations plaguing the German auto industry seemed like a slam-dunk, but now the case is not as clear. Any antitrust claim against the German auto industry has two major hurdles to overcome, says David Balto, a former policy director of the Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Competition.

  • Opinion

    Dealing With Difficult Lawyers

    Alan Hoffman

    Some lawyers tend to be overly aggressive, regarding law practice as a zero-sum game in which there are only winners and losers. The best response is to act professionally — separating the matter at hand from the personalities. But it is also important to show resolve and not be vulnerable to intimidation, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • 2 Litigation Trends Offer Guidance On TCPA Compliance

    Fredrick Levin

    Recently, several courts have begun to take a hard look at Telephone Consumer Protection Act compliance issues, and their decisions offer useful guidance. In particular, the rulings have shed light on issues concerning automatic telephone dialing systems and consumers' ability to revoke consent, say Fredrick Levin and Andrew Grant of Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Punitive Damages In Mass Torts: Outrageous And Reckless

    Stephen McConnell

    There is no consistency to the punitive damages process: One case might be halted by a judge who applies Daubert to preclude junk science, while another judge waves virtually the same case by and a jury socks the defendant with a $110 million verdict. Our system of civil litigation looks like jackpot justice, says Stephen McConnell of Reed Smith LLP.